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Virgin and Child

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Virgin and Child










Ivory carved in the round. The Virgin stands holding the Child in her left arm. Her tall figure sways backward, with the right knee breaking forward, and her head slightly tilted to the left. The smile is faint on the traditional oval face. Her mantle falls in broad soft folds.

Production Place

France (country)

French (nationality)

Technique Description

ivory carved in the round


height: (whole): 27.1 cm
width: (whole): 8.0 cm


mid-14th Century


circa 1330 to 1370


given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1937 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

From Switzerland, where it had been since the French Revolution. Barthélemy Rey Collection, cat. no. 22. 1913: Lent to the Exposition du Moyen Age, Paris (cat. no. 109). Paris, Hotel Drouot, 11-14 May 1921, Catalogue des sculptures objets d'art et de curiosité . . . bois sculpté . . composant la collection de M. Barthelemy Rey, lot . purchased from by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


  1. Alexandre, A. La Collection B. Rey, [page: p. 19]
    Source title: Les Arts (January 1917)
    [comments: Publ. see p. 19, no. 160]
  2. (1938) Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Twenty-ninth Annual Report, for the Year 1937, Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: p. 237]
    [comments: Publ. p 1, no. 1]
  3. Koechlin, Raymond (1924) Les ivoires gothiques français, Colmar, Paris: Auguste Picard [page: 237]
    [comments: Publ. . Vol. II, p. 237, no. 632]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.2-1937 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 31712; Input Date: 2000-10-06 / Last Edit: 2011-05-18)

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